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March 31, 2015 - 7:29am
1 day 3 hours ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's defense minister says a joint Turkish-U.S. program to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group could begin in May.

Ismet Yilmaz, however, told reporters Tuesday that the sides were still holding talks on the soldiers to be chosen for the program.

Turkey and the U.S. reached a deal on training and arming the rebels in February after several months of negotiations. Turkish officials had previously said...

March 31, 2015 - 7:17am
1 day 3 hours ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — Dairy farmers have hit the streets of Brussels to protest the lifting of European Union milk quotas amid concerns the move will flood the market with cheap surplus milk.

Belgian milk farmer Yvan Deknudt said Tuesday that "with quotas being lifted, we're really scared that production is going to explode and we won't be able to pay our costs anymore."

The quotas were introduced more than 30 years ago to try to halt massive...

March 31, 2015 - 7:17am
1 day 3 hours ago

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The United States plans to send soldiers to Ukraine in April for training exercises with units of the country's national guard.

Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a Facebook post on Sunday that the units to be trained include the Azov Battalion, a volunteer force that has attracted criticism for its far-right sentiments including brandishing an emblem widely used in Nazi Germany.

Avakov said the training will begin...

March 31, 2015 - 7:14am
1 day 4 hours ago

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police say they are investigating whether the killing of a prosecutor in Kampala late Monday was carried out by Somalia's Islamic extremist group al-Shabab.

Patrick Onyango, a police spokesman in the Ugandan capital, said Tuesday that Joan Kagezi, who had been a prosecutor in the ongoing trial of a dozen men facing terror charges, appears to have been the victim of a targeted assassination.

The U.S. Embassy in Uganda...

March 31, 2015 - 7:12am
1 day 4 hours ago

BERLIN (AP) — A prominent opponent of Chancellor Angela Merkel's eurozone bailout policies has announced that he's stepping down as deputy leader of one of Germany's governing parties and giving up his parliamentary seat.

Peter Gauweiler, who has repeatedly filed complaints to Germany's highest court against the bailout of Europe's strugglers, said Tuesday that he made his decision after coming under pressure to vote in favor of a four-month extension to Greece's bailout...

March 31, 2015 - 6:48am
8 hours 15 min ago

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's electoral commission has declared former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari the winner of a bitter and divisive election that is ending on a high note with President Goodluck Jonathan gracefully conceding defeat.

Commission chairman Attahiru Jega announced early Wednesday that Buhari received 15,424,921 votes to Jonathan's 12,853,162. He said among 12 trailing candidates the only woman, Remy Sonaiya, received 13,076 votes....

March 31, 2015 - 6:41am
1 day 4 hours ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber has targeted a bus with Iranian Shiite pilgrims north of Baghdad, killing six people, including four Iranians.

Police officials say Tuesday's attack happened in the town of Taji, 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the Iraqi capital where the bomber detonated his explosives as the pilgrims were getting off the bus at a gas station.

Hospital officials said an Iranian woman and the Iraqi bus driver were...

March 31, 2015 - 6:06am
1 day 2 hours ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says that Iraqi forces have reached the center of Tikrit in its push to retake the city from the Islamic State group.

In a statement Tuesday, al-Abadi said security forces already have retaken neighborhoods on the southern and western edges of the city and are moving to control the entire city.

Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, the commander of the Salahuddin operation, says his forces fighting in from the west...

March 31, 2015 - 5:56am
1 day 4 hours ago

LONDON (AP) — Britain's national statistics agency says the economy grew faster than previously thought last year.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the country's gross domestic product expanded 2.8 percent, compared with the previous estimate of 2.6 percent.

Growth in the fourth quarter was 0.6 percent, up from a previous estimate of 0.5 percent

The figures confirm that Britain's economy is one of the...

March 31, 2015 - 5:56am
21 hours 45 min ago

BERLIN (AP) — German airline Lufthansa says the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week informed his flight school in 2009 that he had had a "serious depressive episode."

Lufthansa says the note was found in emails that Andreas Lubitz sent to the Lufthansa flight school when he resumed his training after an interruption.

The airline said Tuesday it has provided the documents to prosecutors and declined to make any...

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